of all the things that have been painful, and frankly scary about this election, the hardest thing to swollow has been romney's lack of adherence to the truth.
as mormons, we have a rich doctrine of the concepts of truth. we believe that truth is light, knowledge, power. that it has matter. it is transformative. nothing in the presence of truth can remain unchanged. we believe that all truth point to other truths. that truth exists in the "great whole" of the universe.
since the nature of man and God in mormonism is also so central both to the faith and to understand the depth of Romney's offense against my soul, i think i should also explain this just a bit.
"as man is, God once was. and as God is, man may become." we are in an eternal process headed not just towards godhood, but eternal joy. bliss. nirvana. whatever you want to call it.
we believe that God has a body as tangible as yours. that when you meet God, you can shake his/her hand.
yes, that is right. mormons pray to both a Heavenly Father and a Heavenly Mother. I can't ever really pray to my Heavenly Mother in public, nor do I even like talking with Her in front of people. We have an intimate relationship. I talk to Her about all the deepest fears, hopes, all sexual stuff, etc.
with my Heavenly Father, i can pray about money, work, world peace. since we usually at more macro, its easier to talk with him in public.
i don't know why i break it out like this. i'm sure it is because i was socialized into some serious gender norms. but whatever. this is how i conceive of God and so do the rest of us mormons. (at least the less personal aspects. i'm sure each mormon has their own personal relationship with their Parents the same way we all do within our own families).
mormons believe in the supreme God, Elohim but that just means God of Gods really. we are a bit more Shinto than many imagine. we believe that our forefathers and mothers are with us still. they love us, and are heavenly parents to us. we have the all power, God of God who is the Father and Mother of Christ and from there, we are all in one way siblings.
so, when we go to church with each other, we call each other brother and sister. i mean it (though i prefer to call people by their first names). but i love the concept. you are my sister or my brother, whoever you are that i'm writing to or talking with.
if the voter fraud that the romney and Flake campaign is accused of is true i will sorely disappointed. frankly, i'd expect it from romney. he is like that. win at all costs, amoral, selfish, stereotypical millionaire candidate.
but brother flake? i've sat in sunday school with you. we are from the same hometown. you are a man of honor who doesn't want to be in any office you won illegally right? heck, i'd take you for the kind of guy who wouldn't want to win if its wasn't a fair ans square victory. so, WTF with this? and can you fix it?
"We believe that governments were instituted of God for the benefit of man; and that he holds men accountable for their acts in relation to them, both in making laws and administering them, for the good and safety of society.
We believe that no government can exist in peace, except such laws are framed and held inviolate as will secure to each individual the free exercise of cconscience, the right and control of property, and the protection of life.
We believe that all governments necessarily require civil officers and magistrates to enforce the laws of the same; and that such as will administer the law in equity and justice should be sought for and upheld by the voice of the people if a republic, or the will of the sovereign." (D&C 134:1-3)
so, i guess, there might really be hell to pay for this one?